interRAI Network of Canada (Researchers)

Katherine Berg, PhD

Dr. Berg is the Executive Chair of Rehabilitation Sciences, as well as the Chair and Associate Professor of the Department of Physical Therapy, Faculty of Medicine at University of Toronto.

She is a fellow with interRAI, an international team of academics, clinicians and other professionals committed to developing and using standardized assessments to improve the quality of care. She is a member of the interRAI Instrument and System Development (ISD) Committee.

Dr. Berg's clinical care of expertise is in geriatrics. Her thesis work involved the development and validation of a Balance Scale widely used in rehabilitation and geriatrics. Her research interests include disability and fall prevention as well as health services research examining quality of care and outcomes following post-acute interventions. Current research projects involve enhancing home care outcomes through better use of health information. (

Dr. Berg is currently the site PI for the University of Toronto for a Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) grant ($1.5 million) entitled 'Innovations in Data, Evidence and Applications for Persons with Neurological Conditions'.

Katherine's Recent Publications

  • Intrator O, Hiris J, Berg K, Miller SC, Mor V. The residential history file: studying nursing home residents' long-term care histories(*). Health Serv Res. 2011 Feb;46(1 Pt 1):120-37. doi: 10.1111/j.1475-6773.2010.01194.x. Epub 2010 Oct 28.PMID: 21029090  [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE].

    Fletcher PC, Almeida Q, Guthrie DM, Berg K, Jantzi M, Hirdes JP. (2010). Assessing the health of community-based individuals with Parkinsonism. Senior Care Canada. 12(4): 10-15.

    Latour J, Lebel P, Leclerc BS, Leduc N, Berg K, Bolduc A, Kergoat MJ. Short-term geriatric assessment units: 30 years later.BMCGeriatr. 2010; 10: 41. Published online 2010 June 22. doi: 10.1186/1471-2318-10-41 [X]14.

    Glenny C, Stolee P, Husted J, Thompson M, Berg K. Comparison of the responsiveness of the FIM and the interRAI post acute care assessment instrument in rehabilitation of older adults. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2010 Jul;91(7): 1038-43.PMID: 20537315 (PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE)

    Jones R, Hirdes J, Poss J, Kelly M, Berg K, Fries B, Morris J. Adjustment of nursing home quality indicators.BMCHealth Services Research 2010, 10:96doi:10.1186/1472-6963-10-96. Published 15 April 2010. MS: 5072323482543256 PMID: 20398304  (PubMed - in process)

    Armstrong J, Glenny C, Stolee P, Berg K. A comparison of two assessment systems in predicting fnctional outcomes of older rehabilitation patients. Age Ageing. 2010 May;39(3):394-9. Epub 2010 Mar 22. No abstract available.PMID20308190 (PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE)

    Stolee P, Steeves B, Manderson B, Toscan J, Glenny C, Berg K. Health Information Use in Home Care: Brainstorming Barriers, Facilitators, and Recommendations. Home Health Care Services Quarterly 2010 Jan;29(1):37-53.PMID20544460 (PubMed - in process)

    Muir SW, Berg K, Chesworth B, Klar N, Speechley M. - Balance Impairment as a Risk Factor for Falls in Community-Dwelling Older Adults Who are High Functioning: A Prospective Study. Phys Ther. 2010 Mar. 90(3): 338-47, Epub 2010 Jan 7  PMID: 20056721 (PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE)

    Muir SW, Berg, K, Chesworth B, Klar N, Speechley M. Quantifying the magnitude of risk for balance impairment on falls in community-dwelling older adults: a systematic review and meta-analysis. J Clin Epidemiol. 2010 Apr; 63(4):389-406. Epub 2009 Sep 9. Review PMID: 19744824 (PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE)

    Berg K, Finne-Soveri H, Gray L, Henrard JC, Hirdes J, Ikegami N, Ljunggren G, Morris JN, Paquay L, Resnik L, Teare G., Relationship between interRAI HC and the ICF: opportunity for operationalizing the ICF.BMCHealth Serv Res. 2009 Mar 17;9(1):47.PMID: 19292897 (PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE)

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